Drug Take Back Day

It’s time to clean out the medicine cabinet and properly dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Drug Take Back day is being held this Saturday in Vernal and Roosevelt, put on by local law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration. This is the 12th opportunity the public has had in the last 6 years to drop off prescription medication for proper disposal during a Drug Take Back event and it’s all for good reason. According to Jeramie Tubbs of TriCounty Health Department, this is a vital public safety and public health issue. “Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse...Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.” Flushing drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose safety hazards making the Drug Take Back event a great opportunity. Last April alone, 447 tons of prescription drugs were collected for proper disposal at nearly 5,400 sites nationwide. Take your prescription drugs to the local Drug Take Back events this Saturday at the Kmart Plaza in Vernal from 10am to 2pm or Stewart’s Market in Roosevelt from noon to 2pm. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.